Once upon a time, long, long ago, two girls became fast friends at the age of 11. Kristin and Krista were both born and raised in Gainesville, FL, and loved watching the Gators play football. They remained friends all through middle school (at Lincoln), all through high school (at Eastside), and all through college (at Santa Fe and UF). Upon graduating from UF, both Kristin and Krista worked at a few preschools around Gainesville. Those schools were fine, but they knew together, with their experience, education, and love for learning, they could build a school that was great!
Together they founded their first company in 2008 and opened the doors of Education Station & Preschool in January 2010 with just two children. Soon two children became 20, 20 became 40, and seemingly overnight, ES&P was filled with a waiting list.
In April 2019, they announced their expansion to include a second location between Gainesville and Alachua on HWY 441 in San Felasco Tech City, a first-of-its-kind development with 100% renewable solar energy! They are grateful for the opportunity to bring first-class childcare to a 100% sustainable live, work, and play city! Education Station & Preschool Tech City opened in the summer of 2020.
Kristin and Krista take great pride in having built a small business from the ground up, love working with so many great families, and still love watching the Gators play football.
KRISTIN D. BIRDSEY
Owner & Founder
Kristin earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Florida in 2007. She manages ES&P's business functions, but still makes time to sing songs with the students and fix their hair upon request after nap time.
KRISTA L. MCIVER
Owner & Founder
Krista holds a Bachelor's degree in Special Education with an emphasis on early childhood from the University of Florida that she received in 2008. She manages the operations side of ES&P and loves working with our teachers to facilitate growth and documenting the learning of our students.